Um, pretty rough 2019, disappointing album from the great Bob Mould to my ears, and no new original Regrettes music yet to bring out the teen pop in pacinoyes musical taste. But best of the year so far, Sleaford Mods funny as fnck and righteously pissed off "Of course we're fnckin relevant" ....indeed.
A hilarious parody of dance music that makes you want to dance too and as always on the right side of everything all the time .....always on the side of the working class dontchaknow.
Well in 2019 they are one of the better straight up no BS Rock bands going clearly...........they are so good by comparison that the know-nothings at Pitchfork - Shitfork for Godsakes - can tell they're good and they're playing passe Rock music too..........they're so good that they're from Canada - which with some exceptions was never a hotbed for Rock - but that's how good they really are, because you could see them actually leading a whole new wave of similarly minded, catchy Rock bands.........if those kids in the US/UK would put down their phones and you know pick up a guitar.
I posted this somewhere else but might as well add it here to be consistent since we have a 2019 thread. They made one of my very favorite albums of 2018 and I expect this to be a top 10 single this year too.......every note they play is like hearing early REM crossed with The Go-Betweens crossed with the vibe of 1985.
Ah, there they are finally in 2019 - Lydia Night who's been a star since well at least since she could tie her Chuck Taylor's and IS the new Beyonce or Billie Ellish but she had way cooler records than them anyway - heck she still has a lot more she has to hear too. Duh.
New single, sounding like a cross between Hannah Montana, a teen Debbie Harry and the Strokes and somehow making you sadly realize that every 15 year old bratty girl at the mall has better taste in pop than you do and why so glum, chum?
Look if you're not going to listen to the Regrettes you're damn sure not gonna listen to a male pop-punk band particularly one with the name the Murderburgers - how anti-vegan is that, life isn't a joke a$$holes and you're gross!!
But in 2019 they kind of make you nostalgic and make you think it's right now and they are witty too and from Scotland which is hardly a hot bed for this kind of stuff and you know they really don't care if you don't get their sense of humor and loserish POV - there's a way to work this very narrow sound......do it well next thing you know you're Green Day.........do it badly and well ............you're still Green Day..........want fries with that?
3rd cut from this followup to the very best album of 2017. Very simple song, very Lou Reed-y, and like a lot of his stuff suggests his undying love for Zena as they now approach 50 years (gulp) together. Perrett's not a guy you can necessarily judge on a track by track basis either but this suggests a version of a Reed's "Perfect Day" in a way where you can misread it too.
So far I can't hear the same ambition on this album but I always find him strangely comforting to listen to regardless.......like my oldest, most mysterious friend.
Mike Krol, making music that sounds cool in that Strokes way but not in that too obvious Strokes way........but enough so you know he really really likes the Strokes and he's cool enough to make the Strokes sound somewhat Pixies-ish and not at all like Queen/Elton John/etc.......God Bless Him, because 80% of the trick is having the right influences yanno......
In the 2010's the musical black hole for Rock and Roll has hit its pathetic low point.......but Ty Segall is maybe the very best artist of this whole 10+ year low point, in this genre.
Like Jack White - he's a one man industry by himself, but also like Guided By Voices he records way too much, doesn't edit very well, and releases too much so he already has a billion records - where to start!?!...that's how bad this decade is when no one else stands out really.
But........here's his new song - a rather horrific (funny!) 70s slasher video where he also murders dancing. You can almost sense something "bigger" coming maybe - one of 2019's most anticipated albums later this Summer because the time feels right to breakthrough (sorta) for him and Rock music. He clearly plays "Rock" that is not "Dad rock" (shudder) but actually at times pushes the genre forward ..............and at times gloriously does not because as a genre it's still you know, pretty great.
Still can't get into Bob Mould's 2019 album but that's ok - dude is a straight up legend and I don't say that much - and is responsible for much of my favorite music ..........ever. This is a brand new cover of a very obvious influence, The Buzzcocks, done smashingly well as he approaches, gulp, 60.
New single in their endless supply of power pop like this. Like Lydia Night suggested she's listening to the The Replacements and Strokes but she hears it like a teen - differently and mostly wonderfully.
The title evokes I Will Dare, the music evokes the Strokes gone Bay City Rollers. The whole thing is so sugary sweet your teeth might fall out. The video is so color coded your eyes may go blind (note the sock color matches someone else's outfit), the choreography is so bad it's kinda genius and when she winks at you before saying "I Dare You" well.....its so sugary sweet your teeth may fall out. Again.
The Regrettes new album How Do You Love? comes out August 9!!! I Dare You is real good and she does pop on camera... I think she's gonna take your advice Pac and dabble in acting, sooner or later, I mean her bf is a pretty famous actor, she's casually friends with like Ryan Gosling......
Half the year gone.....um, and it's not good ........unless you're from Canada (Pup), Australia (RBCF) or the UK (Sleaford Mods), etc. Also from The UK - for TheAlwaysClassy and Deceit who iirc were Fall fans which this song evokes - not sure if this was posted in another thread maybe?
But 2019 is looking so weak we might as pad this thread anyway because how many 2019 songs make you want to grab a beer and start telling people to slag off.
2nd single from Ty Segall (see above) which basically sounds like an Only Ones outtake from 1978 without the idiosyncratic lyrics......not that that's bad and it is sort of languidly psychedelic and catchy ......not sure it would be my pick as a single tbh but sometimes you can't tell until you have a full album for context either.
This album is entrenched as one of the most divisive of 2019, which side do you come down on?
Good post - we don't talk about music enough in this way.
I think they're a far more important band than a good band - it's not for me - but that's sort of their appeal too - to be into that band is a secret password to what they represent almost aside from songs.
Usually there are two kinds of music - good or bad..............but there are 2 kinds of good - music that challenges the ear or music that pleases the ear.
black midi not only challenge the ear but they challenge the cultural history of Rock itself - so if you're into that - tearing down that structure - they become your band in a way the Talking Heads (one of the bands they maybe evoke) were. The problem is anyone inclined to like Rock music is inclined to like the totality of it - not restructure it - in all its less appealing qualities - sexism, lad culture etc. and Talking Heads you know had lots of hooks ........black midi not so much. The "pop" aspect in their Rock is missing entirely.
In 2019 there are for the first time in a long while bands making music that pleases the ear and they're good too - in this thread Fontaines D.C. are a jump up and down new band I'd say........but they're not a "ground zero" band - you can blow them off if you've heard The Fall why listen to a new Fall?...........but black midi is a ground zero band and a hard one to get into or understand why we need that now - often times a band like them change the course of music - as David Bowie so famously said "it doesn't matter who did it first, it matters who did it second" - there's a second black midi coming I reckon.
I don't think listening to the band is actually enough to get what they do either - if you see them play live that's what I think people respond to ..........the way they go about creating that sound.